Non-essential retail in Cardiff opens to the public today - Monday April 12th




Visitors and residents are being welcomed into Cardiff City Centre today with non- essential retail being given the green light to re-open to the public.

While the shops have been making their plans to open up their businesses over the last couple of weeks, staff from the Shared Regulatory Services have visited these premises to give advice and guidance on how shops in the city centre can operate safely in line with ongoing COVID restrictions.

Stewards will also be working on-street to help retail businesses manage the public that are queuing to get into the shops.

Given the number of people that we expect to come into Cardiff, as the city starts to re-open, all those who are able to travel by public transport, cycling or walking are strongly encouraged to do so. All available information on timetables and services can be viewed on the Travel Line Cymru website here.

Alternatively, if you travelling by car, please consider the Park & Ride facility in Pentwyn, or the Park & Stride facility from County Hall in Cardiff Bay.

A full visitor's guide on how to travel into Cardiff is available on the Visit Cardiff website here.

Travel by bus:

Cardiff Busare ready to get you back on the move with clean and frequent buses. Additional measures have been put in place on board including a rigorous cleaning regime and reduced capacity, but please do your bit by wearing a face covering for the duration of your journey, unless you are exempt.

Use the journey planner tool or the Cardiff Bus app to find the route and times to suit you.

Adventure Travel has recently increased the frequency of some services since March 22nd and will continue to monitor changes to demand of their services to ensure social distancing requirements are met. As and when services are increased, Adventure Travel publish all their planned service changes on their website and social media channels. Further information can be found here

Stagecoachhave increased the frequency of their services from 28 March 2021. All services will return to the same timetables that were in place before the last lockdown began. All the timetables for stagecoach services can be viewedhere.

Capacity on these service will be reduced to allow for social distancing and further details on these arrangement can be viewedhere.

Cycling and walking:

The network of cycle ways is expanding and provides more routes into and around the city centre. There is additional cycle parking outside the Castle as well as all the other parking facilities in and around the city; and don't forget the nextbike scheme is available across the city if you need to hire a bike.

Travel by car:

All visitors travelling by car from the east of the city and want to park in the city centre are advised to access the multi-storey car parks via Dumphries Place, Fitzalan Place, Adam Street and Bute Terrace. Visitors are advised that Station Terrace cannot be used by private cars, as only buses and taxis are allowed to use this route.

Visitors accessing the city centre from the west are advised to travel via the Link Road (A4232) and then onto Central Link and follow the same route to the multi-storey car parks as explained above.

Park & Ride facility

The Park & Ride facility at Pentwyn will be open to the public from Monday April 12th. To access the facility from the east, come off the M4 at Junction 28, take the second exit and follow the road signs to the Park & Ride car park. The directions to the facility can be viewed here.

Those travelling from the west are able to use the Park & Stride facility at County Hall. Just park your car in the car park free and walk up Lloyd George Avenue to the city centre.

Parking in the city centre:

All the multi-storey car parks in the city centre will be opened on Monday, April 12th, but there may be a reduced capacity to ensure compliance with COVID regulations.

All council on-street pay & display parking are also available for the public to use, and visitors are encouraged to find an on-street car parking space by using the Smart Parking app, which can be downloaded from Google Play here

Travel by train:

Transport for Wales: If you're travelling in or out of Cardiff on Transport for Wales services, you must wear a face covering at all times when travelling (unless exempt) and stick to the social distancing guidelines on train and at station.

For contactless travel, book your tickets in advance either on the website or the TFW Rail app. You can also plan your journey around how busy your train usually is. The Transport for Wales Capacity Checker helps give an indication of the trains that are often full and the ones with plenty of seats available, so you can decide the best time for your journey.